“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Thursday, March 03, 2011

"An outrageous Act" of what Mr.President? A "tragic event?", "perpetrators brought to justice"?

Obama can't quite say the words "terrorism" or "Islamist" or "Jihad." Being an unlikely American President it is no surprise. Remember Clinton's War to Help Noble Kosovars from Nasty Serbs? The Islamic trash that killed the two young airman comes from Muslim parents from Kosovo, the real trash dump of Europe.

By the way, why do we still have troops at Lakenheath in England? I was last assigned there in 1968, twenty three years after WWII and forty three years ago! We need troops in England for 68 years?


Prosecutors in Germany say they suspect Islamic militancy as the motive for a gun attack on US airmen at Frankfurt Airport, in which two died.

The suspected gunman, who is in police custody, is of Kosovo Albanian origin.

He allegedly fired on an air force bus, killing the driver and another man, and injuring two others.

The dead men, who were based at RAF Lakenheath in eastern England, were not identified, pending notification to their families.

They had just flown in from Britain and were about to travel to the nearby US air base at Ramstein, a hub for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

One airman with a gunshot wound to the head remained in critical condition at the Frankfurt University clinic on Thursday while the other injured man was not in a life-threatening condition, police said.

US President Barack Obama has condemned the shooting as an "outrageous act", and pledged to "ensure that all the perpetrators are brought to justice".

'Engaged in Holy War'

The suspect has been named as Arid Uka, 21, who is said to have been born in Germany to parents who moved there from Kosovo about 40 years ago.

He grew up in Germany and was apparently working at the airport.

Relatives in Kosovo were quoted by the Associated Press news agency as saying that he was a "devout Muslim".

According to German newspapers, he portrayed himself as an Islamist on the internet.

He saw "himself engaged in Holy War with infidels", according to Die Welt, while Frankfurter Allgemeine reports that there were rumours he had planned to embark on a "killing spree".

German police said the shooting appeared to have occurred inside the bus, and the attacker seemed to be acting alone.

The attack took place at roughly 1520 local time (1420 GMT) on Wednesday, just outside Terminal 2 in a bus lane open to the public.

Police believe the gunman used a pistol or revolver.

Four Islamic militants were convicted in March last year in Germany for plotting to bomb targets including Ramstein air base.


  1. Pope Benedict XVI has made a sweeping exoneration of the Jewish people for the death of Jesus Christ, tackling one of the most controversial issues in Christianity in a new book.

    In "Jesus of Nazareth-Part II" excerpts released Wednesday, Benedict explains biblically and theologically why there is no basis in Scripture for the argument that the Jewish people as a whole were responsible for Jesus' death.

    That's amazing. The Pope thinks he has the authority to exonerate innocent people for the actions of a few, 2000 years ago.

  2. Obama will not rest until those responsible are brought to justice.

  3. Michelle and Obama are praying for the families. Sure they are. I would like to hear the wording on their prayers. What a crock!

  4. Speaking of crocks of shit:

    T's Thu Mar 03, 07:07:00 AM EST.

    I forgive the hordes of Genghis Khan for what the did to my people in 1225. I do not care if they are innocent or not.

    I still forgive them. I hope that settles it.

    I will return to my prayers and good hopes and pixie dust.

  5. FRANKFURT — German prosecutors said on Thursday that Islamic radicalism may have motivated a Kosovar to open fire on an American military bus at the Frankfurt airport, killing two United States airmen and wounding two others.

    The suspect arrested at the scene was a 21-year-old who lives in Frankfurt, according to a police spokesman, Manfred F├╝llhardt. The police charged him with murder and attempted murder, but they did not rule out terrorism charges. He was expected to appear in German federal court on Thursday.

    “The circumstances raise suspicion that the attack had an Islamic motivation,” the federal prosecutor’s office in Karsruhe, Germany, said in a statement Thursday.

  6. Ms T:

    That's amazing. The Pope thinks he has the authority to exonerate innocent people for the actions of a few, 2000 years ago.

    I know it's hard for you to not blame the Jews for everything wrong in the world.

  7. We all know that GW Bush has not had a rest, since 11 SEP 2001.

    We're still waiting for justice:

    Osama, Dead or Alive

    That was the pledge
    Never fulfilled.

    At least Arid Uka is n custody.

  8. The other aspect of the thread, questioning the WHY of US military deployment in Europe, so long after ALL hostilities are over, vexing.

  9. Voice of America -

    China is changing how foreign journalist can work in the country and reporters are being warned they risk expulsion if they try to cover pro-democracy rallies.

  10. You read of the proposal to sell off the real estate holdings of the Federal Government, here, first.

    Derided though it was, here at the Elephant Bar, the Federals are moving forward on the proposal.

    Cleaning House: White House Eyes Sale of 14,000 Unused Federal Buildings

    Plan to Sell Vacant Federal Property Could Save Taxpayers Billions

  11. WiO: Ms T:

    That's amazing. The Pope thinks he has the authority to exonerate innocent people for the actions of a few, 2000 years ago.

    I know it's hard for you to not blame the Jews for everything wrong in the world.

    I'm going to post my statement again with special emphasis for the reading impaired:

    That's amazing. The Pope thinks he has the authority to exonerate innocent people for the actions of a few, 2000 years ago.

  12. President Obama says the government will “spare no effort” to determine why two American airmen were killed.

    "Allahu Oinkbar" a clue, maybe?

  13. Ms T:

    That's amazing. The Pope thinks he has the authority to exonerate innocent people for the actions of a few, 2000 years ago.

    WIO: I know it's hard for you to not blame the Jews for everything wrong in the world.

    Ms T: I'm going to post my statement again with special emphasis for the reading impaired:

    That's amazing. The Pope thinks he has the authority to exonerate innocent people for the actions of a few, 2000 years ago. ("few" was bolded)

    WIO: I'm going to post my statement again with special emphasis for specific people who find fault for everything in the world lays with the Jews:

    "We all I know it's hard for you to not blame the Jews for everything
    wrong in the world.

    We also know that you have a history of past hateful statement about
    jews, torah, israel, zionism.

    We also know that you jew-bait here and at the Belmont Club.

    SO really, who really gives a shit about your opinion about ANYTHING
    that has to do with Jews, Torah, Israel, Zionism or Judaism...


  14. Ms t and her opinions about Jews, Zionism, Torah & Israel?

    Her opinions are like assholes, everyone has one and most stink like hers...

    But really, Ms T MAY know something about hiking the the National Parks or How to a write a lesbian/amazonian version of the New Testament but as for her qualifications to comment on a people/culture/race/tribe/faith called the jewish, zionist, judaic, israel topics? She is quite not worthy...

    Stick to Lesbian Vampire Cult novels... Much more your speed

  15. WiO: "We all I know it's hard for you to not blame the Jews for everything wrong in the world.

    It has nothing to do with Jews and everything to do with the fallacious collectivist impulse. The Jews have no racial or ethnic guilt for "killing Christ" and it follows that the Pope has no standing to "exonerate" them. To go along with that notion is to affirm the false premise.

    I'm a big fan of Ezekiel 18:20 which says, "The child will not share the guilt of the parent, nor will the parent share the guilt of the child."

    That also means I oppose all forms of collective punishment.

  16. Ms T:

    That also means I oppose all forms of collective punishment.

    You "collectively" punish us on a daily basis.

    You ""collectively" punish Jews, israel, Judaism and Zionism on a daily basis..

    And by proof texting Torah, you are collectively punish the Torah for misleading and out of context presentations of ideas and statements..

    You are a collective punishment..

  17. Records show agents fired beanbags in fatal border gunfight
    Brady McCombs Arizona Daily Star | Posted: Thursday, March 3, 2011 12:00 am

    Border Patrol agents shot beanbags at a group of suspected bandits before the men returned fire during a confrontation in a remote canyon, killing agent Brian Terry with a single gunshot, records show.

    Beanbags for beaners. Great.

  18. Comparing vacant unused decaying buildings in major cities to National Forest land is a wee bit of a stretch.

  19. 'If PBS can pay Ms. Kerger $632,233 in annual compensation…surely it can operate without tax dollars,' DeMint writes.

    Indiana to fine boycotting Democrats.

    "Viewership of Al Jazeera is going up in United States because it's REAL news," Hillary Clinton said Thursday.

    Just 281 Chevy Volts sold in February. Way to make products people want GM.

  20. .

    Comparing vacant unused decaying buildings in major cities to National Forest land is a wee bit of a stretch.

    As is bringing G.W. Bush and OBL into this latest terrorist attack, Gag.

    What kind of credit goes to Obama when it was the Germans that captured and hold Arid Uka.

    But that's our rat.


  21. When I was 13, I hoped that one day I would have a girlfriend with big tits.

    When I was 16, I got a girlfriend with big tits, but there was no passion, so I decided I needed a passionate girl with zest for life.

    In college I dated a passionate girl, but she was too emotional. Everything was an emergency; she was a drama queen, cried all the time and threatened suicide. So I decided I needed a girl with stability.

    When I was 25, I found a very stable girl but she was boring. She was totally predictable and never got excited about anything. Life became so dull that I decided that I needed a girl with some excitement.

    When I was 28, I found an exciting girl, but I couldn't keep up with her. She rushed from one thing to another, never settling on anything. She did mad impetuous things and made me miserable as often as happy. She was great fun initially and very energetic, but directionless. So I decided to find a girl with some real ambition.

    When I turned 30, I found a smart ambitious girl with her feet planted firmly on the ground, so I married her. She was so ambitious that she divorced me and took everything I owned.

    I am older and wiser now, and I am looking for a girl with big tits

  22. I called for the sale of Federal real estate holdings, boob and you assumed that meant only the National Forests.

    Poor assumption on your parts.

    Though I would include some of those holdings, the proposal was never limited to just that.

    Only the derision to the idea was aimed at solely the National Forests. I was happy to argue that point of the proposal, which was always, on my part, about real estate, not just the Forests.

  23. Besides, it is a incremental step, in the "right" direction, and should be applauded.

  24. As far a Q's comment goes, of course Obama's performance is going to be compared to Mr Bush's. He was the previous alternative.

    Arid was captured, Osama was not.

    That one of our many allied proxies captured Arid, a good thing. To bad the Pakistani have failed to capture Osama. If they had, or do, whomever was/is President will reap the credit for it.

    Here I thought we were measuring Presidential performance, just not bashing Obama. Especially when he shines bright, when compared to GW Bush.
    Obama's provides performance that exceed rhetoric, in Egypt, Tunisia and now Libya. US foreign policy, devised by Bush is being successfully implemented by Obama.

    Go Team USA!

  25. In college I wanted to do many things but couldn't of them was to.......but I believe obama is a good man .But for his inability to do much than talking and giving fiery speeches like any other politician ,he is a good man. A very GOOD MAN.

  26. YOU know some people are big losers like me...they want to jump out the window but can't even do that ....hope obama isnt like them.

  27. Libyan rebels cry out for help from... George Bush. Miss me yet? Apparently the freedom loving Libyan's do...


  29. When is "Unconstitutional" still the Law of the Land?

    Associated Press

    A federal judge who declared President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul unconstitutional ruled Thursday in Pensacola, Fla., that states must continue implementing it as the case goes through the courts.

    When the Judge says it is!

  30. NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- The jobs outlook brightened in February, as strong business hiring helped trim unemployment to its lowest level in nearly two years.

  31. Voice of America -

    China will spend $91.5 billion on the People Liberation Army, navy and air forces next year, marking a return to double-digit spending.

    The Chi-cap's total, combined military spending is less than the US will spend in Afghanistan and Iraq adventures, alone.

    The Chi-caps do not pose a threat, if that is all they are spending, $91 billion.

    That is just chump change, peanut money, easily borrowed by US.

  32. Those cries, Ms T, no louder than those ignored by George HW Bush, when the Shiite revolt he encouraged in Saddam's Iraq took to the streets and was, subsequently, crushed.

    We can compare the US and it's performance over a twenty year period and find that it is "Rock Steady".

    We can instigate revolution, then ignore the plight of the revolutionaries, with out a second thought.

  33. A policy of non-intervention that we've maintained, steadfast, since the Hungarian Revolution of 1956.

  34. yes yes yes china will be the next superpower monster!!!!usa can do nothing to contain china...........everybody in the world is revolting I hope americans too revolt and indians too and french too and..........

  35. india shall rise and fight with china .obama shall help india in the war and then we will have a nuclear warfare and then we shall destroy the world.Ah,life is a piece of shit.Who cares what happens to the earth and men?we shall fight fight and fight ...let me die in the war first...

  36. desert rat,do you really stay in afghanistan??how is it there?do you here bombings and gunshots everyday ?and see dead men and women and children everyday?do people cry there ?or have they been habitutated to the war?

  37. Rat thinks the USA should sell the Grand Canyon and the Rocky Mt. National Park to Ted Turner.

    "it is a move in the right direction," Said Rat.

    This is from the same guy who blames all the country's woes on a fraternal organization at Yale. Go figure.

  38. How about Coconino National Forest Rat? Or is that too close to goring your OX?

  39. gag, our newest supporter of Federal Socialism.

    Using classic "Class Warfare" rhetoric to demonize private property and those that hold it.

    I see no good use in allowing the Federal Socialists of the Yale Boner Group to control 20% of the real estate, in the United States, without their paying for it.

    gag lets them maintain their control of that land, rather than allowing any of the people to own it.

    gag knows that Federals, like Mr Obama, have his back.

    They allow him the "right" to hunt their lands.

  40. Where will you ride your mule?

  41. desert rat please answer my question.......

  42. Rat got black balled by a fraternity in school. He doesn't like them.

  43. @gaga ,i will ride it down the cliff....

  44. by fraternity I remember harry potter are u guys talking about him???

  45. gag thinks his using those Federal lands is a "right", while the Forest Service will be the first to tell him, it is a privilege.

    The Grand Canyon, gag, is not in any of the National Forests. It is a National Park.
    One should not conflate the two, National Forests and National Parks, as they are not the same.

    Different policies, different management and a different set of priorities in the National Parks as compared to the National Forests, on a Federal level.

  46. yes yes yes but what about her???

  47. Those lands became protected by the likes of T Roosevelt and others long before I came along.

    Rat dispises the Roosevelts too.

    I pay taxes, I use the facilities and spend money while I do it, which bolsters the economy. I am sure those folks in the NE who Rat says are subsidizing me, are using faciities I subsidize for them. That's kinda the way it works.

    Since we have beat this horse before, you can have the last word, as you are so want to do.

  48. yes but i know that she knows that i dont know that she doesnt know that i know that she doesnt know

  49. Rat says: Sell everything! Give the money to the Feds! They are fiscally responsible! They know the value of the dollar! They will spend it wisely!

  50. It is not about me, gag.

    Nor is it about my mule.

    We are discussing what is in the best interest of the nation, not what is in my personal best interest.

    Those interests, while they may over lap, are not congruent.

    I am describing what is best for the people of the United States, not what is best, for me, myself and I.

  51. sorry deuce and desert rat and all those who run this blog(ya , I love this blog and the way it 'runs')for putting up useless comments .Forgive me I am just a bit low today.dont penalise me for this act your highness

  52. ya ya ya desert rat you r right.(no, i think u are left..but u may be right)

  53. If the Government is bankrupt, then it should sell off assets.

    Just as any other financially responsible concern does.

    Sell assets and restructure operations to cut costs.

    Or raise revenues.
    Which means higher taxes and fees for service.

  54. yes thats what we do in the government sells everything .the parlimentarians sell their cars and government assets and taxes and their conscience whenever they think the government is n debt .good idea>>>)

  55. and I sold my textbooks .....and my heart....

  56. Blogger desert rat said...

    "If the Government is bankrupt, then it should sell off assets"

    The government isn't bankrupt.

    If the government were to go bankrupt then it would need be dissolved i.e. it would no longer exist and that isn't in the cards.

  57. Not at all, ash.

    GM went bankrupt, yet remained a viable institution throughout the process.

    There are many types of bankruptcy were the debtor remains in control of the assets, while liquidating many of those assets, during what is referred to as "Restructuring".

    The ultimate outcome of the restructuring is an unknown at the beginning of the process.

    Myself, I think the Federals are in a cash flow crisis, of their own choosing.

  58. If a company goes bankrupt they are deemed financially insolvent - their assets are less then their liabilities. The company is wound down and the debtors 'take a haircut'. Sometimes a new entity emerges from a bankruptcy but it is a new entity.

    I don't believe GM went bankrupt. They did seek protection under Chapter 11 which is a different kettle of fish.

    In short the government is not bankrupt. They may choose to default on their debts but they have many assets - the taxpayers being one big one.

    This meme of selling off assets to covering operating shortfalls is, in my opinion, mainly an excuse for politicians to feign fiscal prudence when in reality they are not address the structural problems. There is utility in selling off unused assets such as those unused federal buildings but the gain from those sales does not address the problems of too low revenue and too high an expenditure. True the cost of maintaining those under performing assets will be eliminated, which is a good thing, but that is a far cry from selling off assets that generate a profit to present a balanced budget in a current year. The national forests may be a net liability on the balance sheet but that alone is not reason to sell.

  59. Wow, Ash. That's like the 2nd time in two years?? I have agreed with you?

    I need to check my pulse.

  60. Well Gag, I'm glad you are not totally blinded by your ideology.

  61. The state of the Federal's bankruptcy, ash, is more a case of a Chapter 11 type thing, than anything else.

    A restructuring of the operations combined with a shedding of assets/liabilities, depending upon one's perspective of value of the Pontiac brand name.

    The Federal Government is in dire need of restructuring.
    It's priorities are askew.
    It's power needing, in need of being restrained.

    It has done a poor job of managing the assets it has acquired, a majority of those assets should be privatized, taken from the Federal Socialists and brought to the Capitalist Way.

  62. Ash, I have never doubted your fiscal aptitude. It's the other stuff....well, never mind.

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  64. heh heh, no problem Gag.

    Yes Rat, I agree a restructuring is in order. Increasing revenues AND cutting expenses is a good place to start. Selling some under performing assets would also be advisable but selling off national forests for short term gain doesn't strike me as a prudent policy especially given that politicians will trumpet their balanced budgets based on asset sales which will further dig a structural hole. Liquidation isn't good policy but rather operational cash flows should be more important though even then I'd say short term deficits can be useful. Unfortunately the deficit in bad times followed by pay downs in good times have become (always have been?) deficits all the time.